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Dictionary definition for: Spell

1. (n) a psychological state induced by (or as if induced by) a magical incantation

2. (v) recite the letters of or give the spelling of; "How do you spell this word?"

3. (n) a time for working (after which you will be relieved by someone else) "it''s my go" "a spell of work"

4. (v) indicate or signify; "I''m afraid this spells trouble!"

5. (n) a period of indeterminate length (usually short) marked by some action or condition; "he was here for a little while" "I need to rest for a piece" "a spell of good weather" "a patch of bad weather"

6. (v) write or name the letters that comprise the conventionally accepted form of (a word or part of a word) "He spelled the word wrong in this letter"

7. (n) a verbal formula believed to have magical force; "he whispered a spell as he moved his hands" "inscribed around its base is a charm in Balinese"

8. (v) place under a spell

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